Colorado primary election blog: Results, reactions and more from Tuesday's primaries

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Jun 25, 2024

Tuesday, June 25 is Colorado's primary election, meaning voters have chosen candidates for U.S. Congressional races, the state House of Representatives, state Senate and other city and countywide offices.

Denver7 is monitoring the results for each of the races, which include Colorado's 4th Congressional District, 3rd Congressional District and more.

Stay up-to-date by refreshing this live blog. We will have live election coverage on the Denver7+ app, Denver7 and Denver7 on Local3.

Use the dropdown menu in the interactive graphic below to explore results from different races.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for more detailed, interactive results for each individual race, supplied by our elections data provider, Decision Desk HQ.

Wednesday, June 26

1:40 p.m. | River Gassen wins Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Colorado's 5th Congressional District, according to the AP.

Tuesday, June 25

11:33 p.m. | Trisha Calvarese wins Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Colorado's 4th Congressional District, according to the AP.

10:20 p.m. | John Walsh's watch party turned into a celebration on Tuesday after Leora Joseph called him to concede in the Denver district attorney race.

Based on tonight's numbers, he is going to be the next Denver DA.

He joined us on Denver7.

"I feel so incredibly honored that the people of Denver would vote to endorse the vision that I've got for a vibrant, safe and more just city," he said.

Hear more from him below.

About Joe Walsh, the projected winner in the Denver District Attorney's race

10:15 p.m. |  Which Democrat will face Lauren Boebert at the polls in November? It's still too early to tell.

Trisha Calvarese declared herself the winner earlier tonight, but it's still too early for Denver7 to officially call.

Which Democrat will face Lauren Boebert at the polls in November? It's too early to tell.

"My cross-party appeal is that I have been through it," she told Denver7. "I understand the ... economic challenges that our families face and they can rest assured — I'm going to fight for them just as hard as I fought for my own family."

She promised to stand up and fight for her district.

Ike McCorkle, who is also running, told Denver7 that him showing up for the last two cycles in a row has demonstrated his commitment to the communities of the district.

"I swore to support and defend the Constitution and serve the people of District 4 and America," he said.

Meanwhile, Boebert and her supporters celebrated her projected win Tuesday night.

Lauren Boebert, supporters celebrate projected win in CO-4 GOP Primary

9:59 p.m. | Colorado Democrats say they are united behind "strong candidates following the 2024 primary."

In a statement, Shad Murib, chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, said: “Each of these candidates represents the values of fairness, hard work, and freedom that we all share as Coloradoans. While the Republican Party is focused on undermining our democracy, putting government in a decision-making role on our health care and abortion choices, and giving more handouts to the wealthy, Democrats are focused on supporting working people.”

9:40 p.m. | Trisha Calvarese has called the race and is calling herself the Democratic nominee for Colorado US House District 4.

US House Colorado District 4

As of now, less than 2,000 votes and a couple percentage points separate her from Ike McCorkle. McCorkle has not conceded.

The race is currently too close to call.

9:30 p.m. | Here is a list of some races in this primary election that have not yet been called as of now:

  • Colorado US House District 4 Democratic Primary (Trisha Calvarese 45%, Ike McCorkle 41%, John Padora Jr. 13%)
  • Colorado US House District 5 Democratic Primary (Joe Reagan 50%, River Gassen 50%)
  • Colorado State House District 4 Democratic Primary (Cecelia Espenoza 56%, Tim Hernandez 44%)
  • Colorado State House District 6 Democratic Primary (Sean Camacho 65%, Elisabeth Epps 35%)

9:16 p.m. | John Walsh confirmed to Denver7 that Leora Joseph called him to concede in the Denver district attorney race.

Walsh was the U.S. attorney for Colorado during the Obama Administration and said he wants to focus on removing violent criminals from the streets of Denver.

"I just want to say we based this campaign on the notion that the people of Denver wanted a vibrant safe and just city," he told Denver7. "Trying to figure out how we could do better."

Current Denver DA Beth McCann attended his watch party Tuesday — she endorsed him — and congratulated him on the win.

8:40 p.m. | In the CO-4 Democratic Primary, with 75% of precincts reporting, Trisha Calvarese has a narrow lead of 46% of the votes, with Ike McCorkle just behind with 41% of the votes. John Padora Jr. currently has 13%.

8:30 p.m. update: Close race at the District 4 Democratic Primary

(Editor's note: The above video has a typo — this is for the 2024 election, not 2023.)

There are thousands of votes that still need to be counted.

8:30 p.m. | As of now, the race for the Denver district attorney — between John Walsh and Leora Joseph — is too close to call. Walsh is currently leading with about 58% of the votes. Leora Joseph is currently at 42%. Both are Democrats.

Denver has had more than 3,000 violent incidents reported in 2024. Both candidates say they want to lower this number.

Denver voters are selecting a new DA for the first time in eight years. The winner of tonight's primary will serve as the DA, as no Republicans qualified for the ballot.

8:30 p.m. update: Denver district attorney race too close to call for now

(Editor's note: The above video has a typo — this is for the 2024 election, not 2023.)

7:59 p.m. | Decision Desk HQ projects Jeff Hurd is the winner of the CO-3 GOP Primary. He will face Democrat Adam Frisch in November.

This is Boebert's current seat, which she is vacating to move to CO-4.

In a written statement, NRCC Spokeswoman Delanie Bomar said: “Congratulations to Jeff Hurd on his primary election victory. Through his experience as a small business owner and attorney, Jeff has shown his dedication to Colorado's critical service providers in the state. Adam Frisch wasted $462,000 meddling in the Republican primary, tipping his hand that he could not win unless he played dirty. That’s because Coloradans can’t stand Frisch’s agenda of higher costs, the war on energy, and a border crisis bringing drugs and crime to their backyard. We agree with Adam Frisch – Jeff Hurd is the right candidate to keep this seat red and we are confident Colorado will send him to Congress.”

Colo District 3 GOP Primary

7:45 p.m. | Decision Desk HQ projects Gabe Evans the winner of the CO-8 GOP Primary. He currently has 78% of the votes.

7:43 p.m. | Decision Desk HQ projects Jeff Crank is the winner of the CO-5 GOP Primary.

In a written statement, NRCC Spokeswoman Delanie Bomar said: "Congratulations to Jeff Crank on his primary election victory. His plans to secure our southern border and fix Biden’s broken economy have clearly resonated with voters. As a longtime radio host and small business owner, Jeff's unique connections with Coloradans make him the perfect representative for the district. We feel confident voters will send Jeff to Congress this November." 

7:30 p.m. | In a speech during her watch party, Lauren Boebert said "2024 is when we take Colorado back."

"It's when we take our nation back and we set a path on a new trajectory for conservative values, for Christian morals, that we would be a righteous nation recognized throughout the world, once again, that we could stand up for our allies throughout the world, because we take care of the homeland first," she continued.

Watch her full speech below.

Colorado primary elections: Lauren Boebert speech at watch party

7:25 p.m. | In the special election for Colorado House District 4, Decision Desk HQ is projecting a win for Greg Lopez, who currently has 55.6% of the votes.

Colorado US House District 4 Special General_7:24pm

“Congratulations to Congressman-elect Greg Lopez on his victory in Colorado's 4th congressional district. Greg's experience as the mayor of Parker and his service in the Air Force shows his dedication to serving Coloradans, and he will continue to do just that fulfilling the remainder of this term in Congress," said National Republican Congressional Committee Spokeswoman Delanie Bomar in a written statement.

7:16 pm. | Decision Desk HQ has projected Lauren Boebert as the winner of the CO-4 GOP Primary.

Election results coming in: Lauren Boebert projected to win nomination

National Republican Congressional Committee Spokeswoman Delanie Bomar released the following statement:

“Congratulations to Congresswoman Lauren Boebert on her primary election victory. As a member of Congress, Lauren has fought to improve the economy, protect the environment, and secure the border, proving her dedication to representing Coloradans. We are confident the voters will once again send Lauren to Congress this November.” 

7 p.m. | The polls have closed and we are getting our first look at the results.

6:45 p.m. | Coloradan voters have either mailed in, or are currently standing in line to vote in person, for Tuesday's primary election, which includes U.S. Congressional races, as well as races for the state House of Representatives, state Senate and other city and countywide offices. Read our full voter guide here.

Colorado's primary has influential races on the ballot Tuesday

As of Monday evening, only 16% of eligible voters in Colorado had returned a ballot for the June 25 state primary, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The turnout is even lower in Denver. According to the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office, just 12.6% of voters have returned their ballots, compared to 17.7% at the same time in the 2022 state primary election. Read more about these low numbers here or watch our story below.

Election leaders see low voter turnout so far for Colorado's June 2024 primary

Interactive results from each race in Colorado's primary election: